Calgary Stampeders Team History
The WIFU returned to Calgary on September 29, 1945 with the formation of the Calgary Stampeders. In their very first game played on October 20 at Mewata Stadium they beat the Regina Roughriders 12–0 before 4,000 fans in attendance. It was a taste of success to come that decade under the direction of head coach Les Lear and talented stars such as Woody Strode, Paul Rowe, Keith Spaith, Dave Berry, Normie Kwong and Ezzert “Sugarfoot” Anderson.
Grey Cup 1971
The 59th Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1971, before 34,404 fans at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium. The Calgary Stampeders defeated the Toronto Argonauts on a slick, rain-covered field, 14-11.
Grey Cup 1992
The 80th Grey Cup was the 1992 Canadian Football League championship game played between the Calgary Stampeders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Toronto’s SkyDome. The Stampeders had little trouble defeating the Blue Bombers, 24-10.
Grey Cup 1998
The 86th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League championship) was held in 1998 in Winnipeg. The Calgary Stampeders won the game over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with a score of 26-24.Image courtesy of Calgary Stampeders ScrapBook
Grey Cup 2001
The 89th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League championship) was held in 2001 in Montreal. The Calgary Stampeders claimed their fifth championship in team history with a 27–19 win over the East Division champions and heavily favoured Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Grey Cup 2008
The 96th Grey Cup was held in Montreal, Quebec at Olympic Stadium on November 23, 2008. The Eastern Division Champion Montreal Alouettes hosted the Western Division Champion Calgary Stampeders. The Stampeders won the game 22-14, with quarterback Henry Burris winning the MVP award. It was the first time Montreal had hosted the Grey Cup since 2001, the first time since the 2002 Grey Cup that the host city played for the Grey Cup, and the first time since the 58th Grey Cup in 1970 that the Alouettes and Stampeders had met for the national championship. Hoping to break the record for highest attendance for a Grey Cup game, the organizers expanded Olympic Stadium to almost 70,000 seats. A crowd of 66,308 attended the game, failing to break the record of 68,318 set in 1977, but good enough to be the second-highest attended Grey Cup game of all time. Montreal has now played host to the four highest-attended Grey Cup games in history. As of the end of the 2017 CFL season, this is the last time a Western-based team has won the Grey Cup in Eastern Canada.Image courtesy of Regina Leader-Post
The 102nd Grey Cup was a Canadian football game played November 30, 2014, between the West Division champion Calgary Stampeders and East Division champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats, to determine the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship for the 2014 season. The contest was held at BC Place stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Stampeders won the contest 20–16 to claim their seventh Grey Cup championship in franchise history and first since 2008. Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player, while Hamilton’s Andy Fantuz received the Dick Suderman Trophy as most outstanding Canadian.
The 106th Grey Cup (branded as the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw for sponsorship reasons) was the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game for the 2018 season. It was played on November 25, 2018, between the Ottawa Redblacks and the Calgary Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.
In a rematch of the 104th Grey Cup, the Stampeders won 27–16, claiming their eighth Grey Cup Championship.
The Calgary Stampeders are a professional Canadian football team based in Calgary, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium and are the third-oldest active franchise in the CFL. The Stampeders were officially founded in 1945, although there were clubs in Calgary as early as 1909.
1958 – Present / Canadian Football League
1945 - Present / Calgary Sampeders
Stampeders - The Calgary Stampeders are named after the Calgary Stampede, the world's largest rodeo, held annually in Calgary. The team adopted the name in 1945. A stampeder is an animal participating in a sudden, panic-stricken rush of animals. Like the use of stampeder for a person participating in a gold rush at the turn of the last century, stampeder was also likely used to refer to one who attends/participates in the Stampede Rodeo.
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2018, 2014, 2008, 2001, 1998, 1992, 1971, 1948
1960 - Present / McMahon Stadium
1945 - 1959 / Mewata Park Stadium
2012 - Present / Calgary Sports and Entertainment
2010 - 2011 / Michael Feterik, Mitchell, Sapunjis
2005 - 2009 / Ted Hellard, Tom Forzani, Doug Mitchell
2001 - 2004 / Michael Feterik, Tom Bubonic
1996 - 2000 / Sig Gutsche
1991 - 1995 / Larry Ryckman
1945 - 1991 / Community/Widely Held
Who is the greatest Calgary Stampeder?
5 Harry Hood
10 Willie Burden
13 Mark McLoughlin
18 Allen Pitts
22 Tom Forzani
55 Wayne Harris
75 Stu Laird
Unknown / Ralph the Dog
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